[linux-elitists] Google uber alles

Greg KH greg at kroah.com
Fri Jul 10 10:42:40 PDT 2009

On Fri, Jul 10, 2009 at 10:14:53AM -0700, Don Marti wrote:
> begin Greg KH quotation of Fri, Jul 10, 2009 at 09:34:00AM -0700:
> > > Especially if all that the hardware manufacturer needs
> > > is, "neener, neener, look at this, MSFT, can I have
> > > a Windows discount now?"
> > 
> > That's what they are primarily using Moblin for already :)
> Which is why we have to remember that most desktop
> Linux "failures" actually accomplished their goal,
> and people shouldn't write off the companies that
> "failed" but instead treat them as clients hungry
> for more Linux.

I agree.

> > > The fun part is when the users who _don't_ return
> > > their Linux machines start to buy products like office
> > > all-in-one printer/scanner/fax machines (AIOs).  What
> > > happens when customers start returning AIOs because
> > > they don't work right with their Linux machines?
> > 
> > Almost all of those machines work with Linux today already, so I doubt
> > this will be an issue.  But if it does become one, hey, we are ready and
> > able to help any company out with Linux support:
> > 	http://www.linuxdriverproject.org
> The kernel connects to everything just fine.
> The question is what happens when the kernel tells
> userspace, "hey, the user must have just gotten back
> from Fry's because something just got plugged in."
>   http://www.linuxdriverproject.org/twiki/bin/view/Main/FrequentlyAskedQuestions
>   "Printer drivers live in userspace, not in the
>   kernel. Please contact the Linux Printing Project
>   about Linux printer drivers for specific printers
>   and for all Linux printer issues."

Yes, and we point people at the printing project all the time, they have
developers working for them that are more than willing to help out with
this, and have for a lot of companies already.

> ...and the SANE project about scanning, and who knows
> who about incoming fax.  Pretty soon Example.com's
> printer division is sending out a whole UPS truck of
> hardware, if they can find the right Linux people.

I'll be glad to take that UPS truck shipment to help out here :)


greg k-h

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